1st Edition

Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape

Edited By Tijen Tunalı Copyright 2021
    198 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape brings together various disciplinary perspectives and diverse theories on art’s dialectical and evolving relationship with urban regeneration processes. It engages in the accumulated discussions on art’s role in gentrification, yet changes the focus to the growing phenomenon of artistic protests and resistance in the gentrified neighborhoods.

    Since the 1980s, art and artists’ role​s in gentrification ha​ve been at the forefront of urban geography research in the subjects of housing, regeneration, displacement and new urban planning. In these accounts the artists have been noted to contribute at all stages of gentrification, from triggering it to eventually being displaced by it themselves. The current presence of art in our neoliberal urban space​s illustrates the constant negotiation between power and resistance​. And there is a growing need to recognize art’s shifting and conflicting relationship with gentrification. The chapters presented here share a common thesis that the aesthetic reconfiguration of the neoliberal city does not only allow uneven and exclusionary urban redevelopment strategies but also facilitates the growth of anti-gentrification resistance.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, urban cultures, cultural geography and urban studies as well as contemporary art practitioners and policymakers.

    Introduction. Art and Gentrification: A Dialectic Look on the Aesthetics of Late Neoliberal Urbanism

    Tijen Tunalı

    PART I: Art’s Conflicting Relationship to Gentrification in the 21st Century

    1. Gentrification: A Critique of the Contemporary Urban Dream-world

    Luke Carroll

    2. Proximal Disruptions: Artists, Arts-led Redevelopment, and Gentrification in 21st Century Oakland, California

    Robin Balliger

    3. Arts, Culture and Neoliberalism: Instrumentalization and Resistances through the Case of Marseille

    Mathilde Vignau and Alexandre Grondeau

    PART II: Alternative Voices, Visualities, and Performances against Gentrification

    4. A Listening Against Gentrification: Ultra-Red in Boyle Heights and Elephant and Castle

    Susana Jimenez-Carmona

    5. Representing the Anti-gentrification Resistance: The Role of Two Artists in a Local Community Market in London

    Marie-Pierre Vincent

    6. Enacting ‘the Right to the Creative City’ in Berlin

    Rabea Berfelde

    PART III Community Building in the Gentrified Urban Space

    7. The Urban Art, Landscapes, and Community Stories Project: Mapping Art, Narrative, and Community in St. Paul Minnesota

    David Todd Lawrence, Paul Lorah, and Heather Shirey

    8. Indigenous Cultural Resurgence, Hotel Murals and Neo-colonial Urbanism

    Michelle Veitch

    9. Mapping the Old City: Street Art and Community Building in Nicosia, Cyprus 

    Panos Leventis


    Tijen Tunalı is a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.